Enjoying My Characters’ Failures, Almost

The nice thing about stories and books is that the characters struggle with all kinds of problems, but usually by the end, they figure out most of them. I’ve been thinking about that resolution that comes at the end of a good book, where things settle out. In my next book, I’m still building to the final conflict, and just to do things differently, I’ve already written a draft of the chapters that cover that. It gives me a vision of where the story is headed.

The characters can’t just go directly there, without any problems. I’ve got a few instances outlined where each of them will have to really question their abilities, and possibly challenger their beliefs. For me, stories are a great way to experience struggles and hardships that I hope I never experience. It’s enjoyable to write these difficult scenes and work through them with each character. I find myself thinking through their motives, which, in some ways, helps me to understand better the people around me.

Even though it has been another busy week, I’m still finding time to write. It’s nearing the end in this draft. I’m enjoying writing some of the setbacks that happen to the characters. I want them to learn and grow from them. Each attempt the characters make affects them, for good or bad. Unlike life, where most people avoid actions that may fail, a good story requires the characters to act. If they don’t, they fail even more miserably.

I’m really having fun writing this book, and I’m trying to make this my best book yet.

Take a look at some of my other books on Amazon.

My last book, Collected Lives, takes place near the end of the twenty-second century, with vacations and tourism to Earth by off-worlders controlled by major corporations. The largest corporation, Collected Lives, has several enemies. The story follows the events as four people from different portions of Collected Lives’ process are thrown into the middle of a larger problem.

My fantasy, A Map, a Mage, and a Sacrifice, is set in a world with ancient technology where sacrifice of lifeforce brings magical power. The greater the pain and suffering, the greater the magical energy generated. The Forty mages controlling the empire use voluntary sacrifice of the citizens to generate power they use to protect and defend the empire. But their rule may be coming to a close.

Malignance, my third book in my time travel series that began with Resonance and Dissonance, is on Amazon as a kindle and a paperback. That was a fun series to write, and for now, it is completed. I have also placed all three books from that series into one volume titled The Machina of Time.

If you’re looking for a science fiction story, try my book The Promise of Dust, which takes place in a cloud city floating in the atmosphere of Venus. Or Progenitor’s Legacy: Deceit, which takes place many years in the future on a tidally locked world that orbits a red dwarf and has been reached by humanity in their search for the alien progenitors who seeded the galaxy with nano machines.

If a young adult science fiction is more to your liking, check out my series This New Earth, that starts with Demons of a Dead World and Secrets of a Dead World.

If you are looking for a young adult fantasy, check out my book The Threads Unbound.

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